Garmin’s new Panoptix Forward PS51-TH thru-hull transducer is designed to give boaters more confidence and peace of mind when navigating unfamiliar water. The new phased-array, multi-beam transducer incorporates Panoptix FrontVü™ forward-looking sonar, which displays the bottom up to 300ft (90m) ahead of the boat at 8-10 times the current water depth.
Garmin says the PS51-TH delivers almost instant feedback of what’s in front of the boat to provide the information skippers need to make critical navigation decisions – and the time to react to obstacles by changing course, if needed.
Thanks to its narrow beam (20 degrees), the PS51-TH allows skippers to focus on the bottom in front of the boat and shows fewer false positives of obstructions off to each side of the boat. It also includes an AHRS sensor for motion stabilisation in rough water conditions.
Compatible with a wide range of Garmin chartplotters, FrontVü sonar data can be shared with other chartplotters across the Garmin Marine Network. FrontVü also displays the bottom and provides a digital depth and temperature, so there’s no need to purchase a separate traditional transducer for basic depth information. No black box is needed – simply plug-in the transducer once it’s installed and start exploring with more confidence than before.
The PS51-TH pulls double duty providing boaters both FrontVü and LiveVü™ Forward technologies. LiveVü Forward shows an image of targets moving toward or away from the boat, even while stationary, in real time. The feature can be used in a split screen with other Panoptix all-seeing sonar views, so boaters can see real-time sonar imagery of what’s around and in front of their boat at video-like speed.
Supporting power and sail hulls with a deadrise up to 25 degrees, the stainless steel transducer’s low-profile installation withstands speeds up to 45kt, with optimal operation at speeds up to 8kt.
The Panoptix Forward PS51-TH is compatible with the echoMAP CHIRP 75sv and 95sv, the new GPSMAP 752xs/952xs and 1022xsv/1222xsv series, and GPSMAP 8400, 7400, 751xs/820xs/1020xs series.